Home accessibility products enhance your life and make your home easier to live in.
Forever Home can provide guidance and recommendations for home accessibility products. These products can increase the usability and functionality of your home. These may include home accessibility products, in-home mobility products, products designed for individuals with disabilities or for those who want to age in place.
Once we conduct a home accessibility assessment, we will provide you with our recommendations. Recommendations will include products that can help make your life easier and increase your safety at home . as well as any home modifications we recommend.
These home accessibility products can be installed by our experienced team, giving you peace of mind knowing that the product was installed correctly, works the way it is supposed to, and will improve your life at home. Combined with remodeling services, this can help stay in your home for as long as possible later in life.
Mobility products and services
Forever Home can recommend and install a variety of accessibility products for mobility, including vertical platform lifts, stairlifts, various home access ramps and others.
Here are a few of the more requested mobility products and services we offer.
Vertical platform lifts
Vertical platform lifts work similar to an elevator, but typically are used for shorter vertical distances. These lifts provide a way for someone in a wheelchair, powerchair or other mobility device, to ascend upwards. They can be used inside of a home, but normally you see them outside.
Sometimes known as a “porch lift”, these vertical platform lifts are used for going from ground level (where, say, your car may be parked) to a different level of the home (say, a front porch).
People who use vertical platform lifts can have different reasons for having them installed; they have a difficult time going up and down stairs, or use a wheelchair and are unable to navigate stairs. These units also are preferable to a ramp in some instances, since they don’t have to meet the same requirements for a ramp. Also, many people find they can be blended into the existing home and landscape better than a ramp.
Stairlifts are motorized chairs that run up and down a rail to make using the stairs easier. These home accessibility products are a boon for poor knees and other mobility challenges, these lifts may also be known as stair gliders or chair lifts.
There are many stairlifts available today. Many are easier to install than previous versions and can go nicely in nearly any home. They can make reaching those upstairs bedrooms, bathrooms or offices much easier and safe.
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for adults age 65 and older, according to Injury Facts 2017, the statistical report on unintentional injuries created by the National Safety Council. Stair lifts are one effective way to help reduce the incidence of falls.
Ramps are used to safely go up steps into or inside of your home when a person has a need of assistance with mobility, and can provide easy access to your home when you have problems navigating stairs, or use a wheelchair or power chair.
Forever Home in Baltimore offers a variety of ramps to help you stay independent at home by making those steps and stairs safer. We can install or build several different kinds of ramps for your home, including portable wheelchair ramps (folding ramps) to modular aluminum ramps, threshold ramps and custom-built wooden ramps.
Folding ramps (which are also known as portable wheelchair ramps or scooter ramps) are available in a variety of lengths. They can safely be used on thresholds, small staircases or short steps up to a porch. The ramps offered by Forever Home are designed to be easier to store, safe and affordable.
Modular aluminum ramps
Modular aluminum ramps are perfect to help you improve the accessibility of your home. They can be custom fit for nearly any home, and are able to be installed and configured relatively quickly by our team.
The residential modular aluminum ramps offered by Forever Home can create just the type of access you need, whether it be for a wheelchair, power chair or other mobility device. They can be used on nearly any residential grade, are ADA compliant and can be fully customized for your home.
Some features of the modular aluminum ramps include a modular design, adjustable, durable construction, stainless steel hardware, slip-resistant surfaces and seamless connections. In most jurisdictions these aluminum ramps do not require permits or inspections, since they are not attached to your home and require no concrete footings.
Forever Home offers several models of threshold ramps, which provide excellent accessibility for entrances into your home. The ramps we offer are highly durable, engineered for daily use and provide a greater level of safety for your wheelchair, power chair or other mobility device.
The slip-resistant surface will provide you with easier access and increased safety. So, you can feel confident getting in and out of your home.
Threshold ramps a created specifically for use at doorways or thresholds up to 4″ in height and provide a smooth transition. These ramps can be used inside or outside.
Although aluminum ramps are superior in durability and more easily configured, there may be times when a wooden ramp is needed or preferred.
Our accessibility team at Forever Home has years of experience designing and building custom wooden ramps for home access with wheelchairs and power chairs. We can accommodate nearly any home for the access you need.
Bathroom accessibility products
Forever Home offers a number of home accessibility products to enhance your safety in the bathroom and keep you healthy. We can provide bathroom conversions for elderly to wheelchair accessible bathroom sinks. Our accessibility professionals can transform your home’s bathrooms into modified bathrooms for disabled people or for easier accessibility.
Bathtub accessibility & modification products – bath lifts for the elderly, tub cut outs for elderly or tub modifications for handicap
As with many accessible home features, grab bar installation is something you want done by someone who is very experienced. At Forever Home, we have decades of experience specifying and installing grab bars for our customers.
Done well and done right, every time.
Forever home can help you choose the right grab bar from trusted manufacturers. And, they are available in many different styles, finishes and textures. We can help you choose not only the right type of bar, but can also guide you in selecting the ones that will look nice in your home.
Despite what some might say, grab bars are a smart product to have in any home. They provide a balance and safety feature that will help keep anyone safer at home, from kids to older adults.
For folks who have specific accessibility needs (such as using a wheelchair), grab bars are a must to help keep you safe around the house. (Especially in the bathroom!)
Tub to shower conversions
Our tub to shower conversion service adds a step-in shower to your existing bathroom, which will provide greater accessibility and improve bathroom safety for everyone in your home. There are two primary tub to shower conversions we use:
We cut a space out of your tub that allows you to easily step through the tub. This converts your tub into a (psuedo) walk-in shower. This option is very affordable and provides the benefits of a walk-in shower, without some of the costs associated with removing and remodeling your entire shower area. (Please note: this option is not barrier-free.)
Shower stall installation
We remove your existing tub, make any necessary wall repairs and replace the entire surface with an accessible shower stall. We offer several different wall materials, such as fiberglass, cultured marble and tile.
Shower stall installation can be done on wood floor joists or concrete floors.
One of the most requested bathtub modifications for older adults or people with disabilities are accessible showers. (Sometimes called roll-in showers or barrier-free showers.) These showers can be crafted to be wheelchair accessible, or just make bathing easier, more safe and much more enjoyable.
You see, these barrier free showers remove the transition from the main bathroom floor to the shower area. Which means, you don’t have to step to get into the shower. They also can be customized with additional products or features, such as:
- Built-in seats
- Slip-resistant tile
- Easy-to-use controls
- Multiple shower heads
- Grab bars
- And, more!
Having a barrier-free shower in your bathroom will improve the bathing experience for nearly anyone, including caregivers. Our team of accessible remodeling specialists can help you decide on a design, configuration, features and products that will make your bathroom what you need it to be.
Roll-under sinks can be added to a bathroom or kitchen for several reasons. One, so that people using a wheelchair can use them easily. And, two, so a person who is unable to stand for longer periods of time (or, just would prefer to sit) can sit. Sometimes, people have them installed so they can have a sit-down vanity or do dishes without having to stand.
Individuals in wheelchairs can use it. Adjustable-height sinks that raise and lower with the touch of a button are also an option.
There are many ways to treat the look of a roll-under sink so it melds nicely in the room. You also can install cabinets next to the opening, providing storage to either side of the sitting area. (A great options for that sit-down vanity.)
You also can opt to have a wall-mounted sink installed to give you the roll-under or sit-down area. (Those may not look as nice, though.) Combining these with other home accessibility products can help improve the experience you have using them.
Raised height toilets
Typically, standard toilets are 14.5 to 15.5 inches from floor to the top, which doesn’t include the seat. Having a toilet that can seat you a little higher than that can provide benefits for nearly anyone, because it makes it easier to sit and stand.
One common option to raise the height of a toilet is to purchase a comfort height toilet or ADA compliant height toilet. These toilets are between 16.5 and 18 inches tall (not including the seat). Switching out your toilet can increase the height of the seat 2 to 3 inches. This can have a big impact on how easy it is to sit or stand-up.
These Comfort height toilets are so mainstream now that government regulations require most public restrooms to use them.
These toilets are perfect for anyone who has hip, knee or other joint issues. As well as, people who use a walker or wheelchair. Combining them with grab bars can make the experience in the bathroom so much easier and safe.
Other home accessibility products
Roll-out shelves and pull-down shelves
If you’ve never experienced roll-out shelves or pull-down shelves, you are in for a treat. Not only do these shelves make getting to everything in your cabinets easier, they also help you keep it better organized.
Roll-out shelves are perfect for someone who has a difficult time bending or reaching. These shelves are essentially shallow drawers in place of standard shelves and pull out. It makes the contents of each shelf easier to get to.
Pull-down shelves are for upper cabinets. The shelves pull down closer towards the counter top, so you can more easily get to the things you need.
Both are simple and affordable ways to make your kitchen work easier, and can help protect you from injuring yourself.
These shelves can hold anything a standard shelf can, from heavy kitchen equipment to spices. We can custom configure the shelving system, allowing us to create the exact solution you need for the way you work in your kitchen.
They may seem like a luxury, but you really have to experience using them to understand just how much they can contribute to your kitchen. Our roll-out and pull-down shelving systems help you tame those kitchen cabinets.
At Forever Home, we are committed to helping prevent falls in the homes of our clients. One way we do that is by installing home accessibility products for our customers where they need them the most.
Our handrails can help create a much safer home environment for older clients. Specifically, those with certain physical needs or who have limited mobility.
Handrails prevent injury at home every day across America, providing support to people who may be susceptible to falling at home. They also can help make transfers and keeping your balance easier.
We have a great selection of hand rails and are able to create a customized installation in your home. Our handrails and hand rail systems are compliant with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. They also come in a variety of colors and finishes to match your home.
I am an Occupational Therapist and Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS). And, I can help you equip your home with the perfect home accessibility products for your home.